What Truck Drivers Need to Know About the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse
Posted: December 23, 2019
In January 2020, the FMCSA’s official Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse site will go live. What does this mean for CDL-A truck drivers like you?
Not much, if you’re already doing everything you need to do when applying for a truck driving job. And according to the FMCSA, the addition of the clearinghouse won’t even change U.S. Department of Transportation procedures for pre-employment drug and alcohol testing in any way.
The clearinghouse is simply meant to serve as a central location for drug and alcohol testing data so carriers can remain compliant within industry regulations. Even though all CDL-A truck drivers looking for a transportation job must register on the clearinghouse site, only failed tests or refusals will be entered into the database.
The FMCSA initiated the drug and alcohol clearinghouse to streamline the driver application process and discourage applicants from switching to another fleet after a failed pre-employment screening—before those results can show up on their record. As mandated by Congress, all carriers must check the site before hiring a driver, and state licensing agencies must perform their own search of the site before issuing a CDL.
Once registered, truck drivers can log in to the site to electronically consent to pre-employment screening requests and view their records. If a driver does not pass a pre-employment screening test, the clearinghouse includes a “return-to-duty” process (RTD). Once this process is completed, that driver’s clearinghouse data will reflect its completion, and the driver will then be considered in good standing.
Driver registration opened in October of this year; be sure to register if you haven’t already. And if you’re in the market for a truck driving job, give us a call at Big G Express! We’re always on the lookout for top driving talent.